Discharge Instructions: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaking a baby, even slightly, is very dangerous. It causes a serious problem called shaken baby syndrome. This can lead to major brain damage and death. When a baby won’t stop crying, it can be frustrating. The stress of caring for a baby, especially if your baby has been sick, puts a strain on the parents. But no matter how fed up, tired, or upset you are, you should NEVER shake your baby.

Why it’s a problem

When a baby is shaken, the brain moves back and forth inside the skull. Even a little force could cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull. This can result in bleeding and swelling inside the skull. It can lead to permanent brain damage, coma, or death.

If you’re frustrated

If you feel yourself getting fed up, here’s how to cope: